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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:18 pm    Post subject: Ajax security Reply with quote

Ok, I've been coding in php for quite a while, and have been doing ajax (with and without frameworks) for a couple years. I've been reading and looking into security topics a lot lately, and one question I have is about the blatant display of the location of the ajax-called scripts. Everybody makes a big deal about never wanting to reveal where your scripts reside, but with ajax you have to specify where the script is in javascript, leaving that available for anybody on the page to view if they wanted to. I know that you can use .htaccess to prevent scripts from being viewed if a specific set of characters are detected (aka <? or <?PHP) so if somebody does go to the page they can't see anything. Still, having somebody know where the script resides doesn't sit well with me. Is there any way at all to hide this information from the user, such as storing the location in a different file to be read at the time of processing, or a similar solution? I may just be over-worrying myself, but I've looked all over and can't seem to find anything on the subject...

Thx in advance for your advice!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's just the nature of HTML: The browser has to get that info and no browsers have hidden it from the users yet, probably because less users would use such a browser. The only HTML solution I can think of is to have a PHP file, linked to by JavaScript, be the dispatch for all other files, but you already said you don't even want them to know the address of the PHP.

But if you were willing to surrender the HTML and go with a desktop language like C++ or Java, you could essentially make your own browser to hide that information; the appeal of your product would have to drive your users to use it despite being barred from seeing your source code. (Or, if you were to sell this closed browser to businesses, their products would need to have such appeal.)
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